Overall Rating Platinum
Overall Score 87.10
Liaison Alex Davis
Submission Date March 5, 2020

STARS v2.2

Arizona State University
AC-9: Research and Scholarship

Status Score Responsible Party
Complete 12.00 / 12.00 Alex Davis
Program Manager
University Sustainability Practices
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Total number of employees that conduct research:
2,132

Number of employees engaged in sustainability research:
353

Percentage of employees that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
16.56

Total number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts research:
54

Number of academic departments that include at least one employee who conducts sustainability research:
45

Percentage of departments that conduct research that are engaged in sustainability research:
83.33

A copy of the inventory of the institution’s sustainability research (upload):
Inventory of the institution’s sustainability research:

This list formed the base of our research inventory: https://sustainability.asu.edu/people/


A brief description of the methodology the institution followed to complete the research inventory:

ASU’s Global Institute of Sustainability (GIOS) continuously curates a Sustainability Scientists membership of various researchers across our entire organization. These researchers consist of faculty, staff, postdoctoral appointments, as well as the occasional graduate student. Membership involves participation in various GIOS activities as well as research that at least in part contributes to our planet’s sustainability development and progress. For the AASHE survey, we used this group as the inventory group. A scientist was only counted if officially recognized on a sponsored project.

The Sustainability Scientists list was supplemented with additional manual review to identify additional faculty contributing to sustainability research. This list was also reviewed to remove faculty that we were not able to identify recent research in sustainability.

ASU's faculty are often affiliated with multiple departments or centers. As part of this methodology, faculty were listed with the academic department that appeared to be their primary appointment.


Website URL where information about the institution’s sustainability research is available:
Additional documentation to support the submission:
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Represents FY19 research

Notes regarding the number of departments reported for AC-1, Academic Courses and AC-9, Research and Scholarship:

Academic departments are defined in varying ways across ASU to encourage trans-disciplinary research.

For the purposes of AC-1 and AC-9, departments were determined using two criteria:
(1) If they are the academic sub-division of a "school" or "college" headed by a dean. Note that not all divisions headed by a dean have further subdivisions and that some "schools" or "colleges" are not headed by a dean (and are thus counted as departments).
(2) If they are listed as "departments" as they are defined in this list of instructional faculty: https://catalog.asu.edu/faculty_list

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